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How to write a good reflection essay? When I write a reflection, i usually include...

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jedayana | Student, Undergraduate

Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM via web

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How to write a good reflection essay?

When I write a reflection, i usually include what have I been doing and what impact that I get from what I did. However, I still got low marks for my reflection essay. I know maybe it was due to my misuse of grammar but perhaps the content has something to do with my low marks... so can someone helps me how to write a good reflection?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM (Answer #2)

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I suggest both using a good grammar check program and having someone who is good at grammar proofread it.  You might also be getting low marks because you are not specific enough, and are not including enough details.  Try organizing your thoughts first, then filling in details.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 16, 2012 at 2:02 AM (Answer #3)

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Correct grammar and punctuation are very important, so I wouldn't be surprised if your teacher is marking you down for mistakes in those areas.  Remember that many word processors (such as MS Word) will now highlight some grammatical errors, although not reliably.  Below is a wonderful site that I recommend to all my students; click on the "Index" and prepare to be astonished!  This site has many excellent online exercises you can do.  Good luck!

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 16, 2012 at 5:51 AM (Answer #4)

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Poor essays usually lack support for claims that are made. If you are making assertions and then not explaining yourself or giving specific examples, then you are not really proving your point. You need to SHOW not TELL about yourself. For example: If you say you are tired because you are working hard, then you need to go on and explain HOW you are working hard. What does your job entail? How many hours do you work? How does your job make you feel? If you reflect that you aren't eating well, then talk about what kinds of food choices you are making, why you are making them and what kinds of goals you want to set for yourself to improve your diet.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 16, 2012 at 6:48 AM (Answer #5)

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You have two valuable types of suggestions to consider in the above posts.

1. The content of your essay - make sure you are providing evidence to support your reflections. You can't just tell "what impact I get from what I did" - give examples to illustrate the impact.

2. The mechanics of your essay - find a proofreader, either human or software (but beware of completely relying on the computer, because it may not be completely accurate in all situations!) and have another pair (or more) of eyes review your paper for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and all those other mechanical details. They do make a difference!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 17, 2012 at 4:04 AM (Answer #6)

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Another suggestion may be regarding the topic of your Reflection essay.  Is it too subjective?  That is, are you reflecting upon personal issues that do not relate to others?  Perhaps you may wish to reflect upon issues relating to existential conditions--more universal is scope.  You know, topics that affect society.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM (Answer #7)

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My suggestion would be to try to keep the essays simple. Often times students will make mistakes because they try too hard to impress the teacher. It's great to stretch yourself but make sure that you have a command of the language you choose to use.

Big words used poorly will never be as impressive as "common language" used well.

In keeping your essay simple, also try to make sure that each paragraph sticks to a single idea. A lack of focus is somewhat natural to a reflection essay and cand lead to low marks. Every paragraph should be coherent and should have a single purpose.

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